Mary Lucia

Mary Lucia: Just remember to breathe


When musicians are confronted with depression and anxiety, there is a strong tendency to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Mary Lucia found a video that she thinks helps demystify seeking help.

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Lizzo, Poliça, Prince dance party to highlight post-renovation Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration


Aside from the State Fair, the State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration this August may be the most Minnesotan celebration of the summer — featuring a Prince dance party and performances by Lizzo and Poliça. Several dozen government employees, journalists and visitors gathered Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in the Capitol’s lobby, held to announce the celebration. State officials…

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Music News: Artists remember Orlando


Musicians share condolences one year later One year after Orlando’s Pulse nightclub became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the arts community used Twitter to express their condolences and remembrances. Elsewhere in the #loveisloveislove hashtag, LGBTQ+ people and allies wished each other happy Pride celebrations; offline, Florida’s Orange County government building…

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What it’s like to take a belly-dancing class from Mayte Garcia


Mayte Garcia recently published a book titled The Most Beautiful, detailing the intense relationship that she had with Prince. (The two were married from 1996 to 2000.) Mayte has a special importance for Prince fans. She was close to him throughout some of his most prolific years, sharing a rare intimacy, especially given his enigmatic nature. When she…

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DJ Pick of the Week: Justin Townes Earle, 'Maybe a Moment'


For the week of June 12, Bill DeVille has chosen Justin Townes Earle's sweet and catchy song, 'Maybe a Moment.' DeVille hears a hint or two of Bruce Springsteen in this track. 'Justin Townes Earle sings about a small town where nothing happens,' DeVille writes, 'so why not hop in the car and drive to Memphis?' Listen to this week's DJ Pick.

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Album of the Week: alt-J, 'Relaxer'


'Relaxer,' the third album from alt-J, is our Album of the Week. The new release 'proves to be a compelling record with plenty of intriguing rewards,' writes Mac Wilson.

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‘Twin Peaks’ recap: Diane! and Sharon Van Etten


It was the briefest of scenes, but it was long enough to let Twin Peaks fans know their dreams had come true: for the first time in the history of the franchise, we got a look at Diane Evans, the assistant Agent Cooper dictated his notes to for the first two seasons. And she’s played by —…

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Dan Wilson on new album ‘Re-Covered,’ songwriting for Semisonic


Dan Wilson makes many things for many people. He fronts Semisonic, the Minnesota-based band that scored ’90s fandom with “Closing Time.” He has written songs with dozens of musicians, from edgy pop artists (Phantogram, K.Flay) to country greats (Dixie Chicks, Chris Stapleton) to mainstreamers whose albums your mom tracked down at Target (Adele, Taylor Swift). He’s a producer and a…

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3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis announces debut show with new band


Donna Grantis, well-known as a member of Prince’s band 3RDEYEGIRL, has announced a new project. The guitarist will be performing with her new local band for the first time with two shows on Aug. 4 at the Dakota Jazz Club. The group features JT Bates on drums, Bryan Nichols on keys, Cody McKinney on bass, and…

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Townes Earle sings about the things beyond our control


Justin Townes Earle's new album, 'Kids in the Street,' looks at those things in life we cannot control, like the gentrification he's seen in the Nashville where he grew up. 'But it was something that required less venom, less of the bitter, more of the sweet, which takes a long time to see in that situation,' Earle says. Justin Townes Earle visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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The Secret Sisters keep it human and honest


Dealing with pain and frustration -- and being honest about it -- resulted in 'You Don't Own Me Anymore,' the beautiful new album from Laura and Lydia Rogers, aka The Secret Sisters. Before a show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Secret Sisters visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. Listen to the complete session.

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Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road

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After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Songs made famous from a movie

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This morning Jill and Brian played Paul Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" and fondly remembered the song's use in 1992 movie "Singles". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that were made famous from a movie?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Bobby Womack


MCA bought Motown Records; The Who's bass player was chosen as the best; The Jackson 5 was at the top of the charts with "The Love You Save"; Black Flag played their final gig, and Bobby Womack passed away, Today in Music History.

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